How many of you can believe that it’s already February 2013? Have you been keeping up with your new year’s resolutions? One of the resolutions Tiffany and I made was to write at least one blog entry a month. So far, it’s not going that great for me. =P
I have, however, been reading alot of books! You’d think I was trying to make up for not reaching last year’s challenge, but truthfully, there’s just so many great books out there right now! Though it may not seem like that many to some of you, it has at least got me wanting to share and review the ones I have read, and finally feeling like I’m back to my old-self again. So, since I’ve been in a mood, almost giving up hope on finding another good YA book, like “Hunger Games” or “Harry Potter”, I’ve spent some time appreciating some other genres, albeit very similar.
Urban Fantasy! Epic Fantasy! and Science Fiction!
I yearn for a strong story that doesn’t revolve around two or three love struck teenagers, always too willing to die for each other. Many of these books I’m recommending are written by a male author, because lately, aside from “Harry Potter” and “Hunger Games”, I couldn’t really think of a significant female author who has written a great fantasy novel. If you know of any, please let me know- Meanwhile, here is what I’ve read so far that you should consider reading:
Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin
This series gained world-wide fame after HBO picked it up and turned it into a hit show. But rest assured, it wouldn’t have been picked up if it had not already been hugely popular among readers, which it has been, for many years.
George R. R. Martin is absolutely a master of story telling. There is no arguing that. These books hold endless story lines, dozens of main character and such and intricate plot there’s no way to summarize it shortly. Just simply said, the show doesn’t even begin to do it justice.
It is a long read, and skipping from character to character might give you a migraine, but that also makes it easy to pause after each chapter and take a moment if you need to (but most fans find it hard to put these books down).
*The fifth book “A Dance with Dragons” was published July 2011.
Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne
If you are looking for a nifty, sarcastic yet humorous narrator, Atticus and Oberon are here for you! They are no ordinary main characters.
Atticus is a last remaining druid who is at least two thousand years old. His companion, Oberon has a sense of humor that would make you smile and laugh at the same time, and better yet, he is a dog. Inevitably, he triggers a chain reaction that drives him to come out in the open and fight for the ones he shouldn’t be attached to in the first place.
As funny as these books were, what I really found most compelling about them was the author’s research on urban/other-world/mythology. It is quite intense and gave me the change of story-telling scenery that I needed, after all of these vampires and werewolves in high schools.
*The fifth book “Trapped” was published November 2012.
Demon Cycle series by Peter V. Brett
This is a fantastic series that I found randomly on Goodreads. I have recently finished the first book and I cannot begin to explain how much I loved it! The three main characters struggle to live different and better lives from a very young age. The world is set in a place where demons rise from the ground after sunset, which turns out to be the least of their problems.
I love the descriptive third person narrative in this story. It offers so much insight and depth to the main characters, despite not knowing what each of their personal thoughts are. It is also written in a way that both males and females could appreciate. I would recommend this series to anybody who needs a good read!
*Third book “The Daylight War” was published February 2013.
Other than these three series, I have only read a handful of books written by a male author. But I have a feeling that I will be looking for more books with male POV this year. I admit, they do not write epic love stories (which I never enjoy anyway), but I have found that their plots seem more complete and their world-building has me wanting to live in their worlds.